New baby born…


While getting ready to leave to the office and quickly spreading water over our day geckos terrarium as we do every morning (one need to keep humidity levels rather high since they’re originally coming from Madagascar), I noticed an extra small gecko inside the enclosure. Since we live in a typical Beijing courtyard we do have a central yard which gets full of local geckos from spring to autumn. The fact that we keep crickets at home to feed our own reptiles, and that those crickets easily escape, do attract all the neighboring geckos for free food (they probably have planted gecko signs offering “Open Food Services at Fred’s yard”). So, I thought for a moment it was one of those little guys that made it through our living room and into the terrarium.
Well I was wrong, our female phesulma did actually lay eggs since she was given to us by the Beijing Zoo (actually they gave both a male and a female), but we carefully took care of her first clutch (2 eggs each time, 1 clutch a year found 2 more eggs this morning, so obviously that was wrong. Maybe it was an Easter egg celebration?), removing the eggs from the terrarium and placing them in a special container, measuring and respecting required temperature and humidity levels and hoping we would get babies. That didn’t work and we kind of gave up on the idea.

Seems nature has decided otherwise and that leaving the eggs in the terrarium itself (Pockey now knows why they do hide their eggs 😉 ) and not bothering about it was a much more successful way to get baby phelsumas. So welcome into our world little guy (or girl), and we’ll do our best to give you a happy life!

Sad day

beardyI lost one of my beardies today. Can’t tell whether it was natural death or not, he was laying asleep (their sleeping position is quite characteristic) with both eyes closed and noticed when I thought that was suspicious. We’ve had him for a year and half, and he was already adult (and sick) when he was given to us; at least one year and half year old, maybe more. They usually live 4 years (up to 10 years) in captivity so it’s really hard to say whether the poor guy reached his end-of-natural-life or not. He had his last few crickets yesterday as usual and we really couldn’t tell.

I’ll be missing him…

A cockatoo anyone?


My cool vet, Tony, emailed me yesterday and asked:

Interested in rescuing a cockatoo or know anyone who is?

Umbrella CockatooSo before you jump ship and say “yes yes I want one” please review this excellent site For a more scientific article I would recommend the wikipedia page which has a wealth of information describing this bird which is very close to the parrot.

For people interested note that you will need to live in Beijing or eventually China and pass an adoption test. I unfortunately already have too many lizards to bring one more animal at home (or I need a new home). I also have little information at the moment to which sub-species it belongs but will inquire today.